By Lexis Townsend, Engagement Coordinator, EdPlus Success Coaching
It is important to build relationships with university career centers beyond career fairs and outside of the confines of recruiting season. An important takeaway from this NACE article on the Best Practices for Recruiting New College Graduates is the importance of maintaining your connection with university career centers even when you are not actively recruiting. During slower recruiting times, there are opportunities to participate in career development opportunities, such as serving on a panel, participating in etiquette dinners, joining the ASU Mentor Network, lending advice at resume workshops and more! Students you connect with at these events will remember your organization and will be more likely to keep you top of mind when searching for their next career or internship opportunity.
When you’re looking to engage on campus, Career and Professional Development Services will help you handle the logistics. CPDS strategically engages employers into career development workshops. Instead of starting from scratch each time your organization decides to visit campus, maintain consistent communication with our office to keep up to date with workshops and events on our different campus locations. When an event is created that is a mutual fit for students and your organization’s recruiting goals, we’ll leverage our connection with your organization. Get to know us beyond posting in Handshake. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and best practices for connecting with the ASU community with organizations that are looking to recruit Sun Devils.
Additionally, we have a line of sight into the campus community. Our office has meaningful connections with other areas of the University, such as academic colleges and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. Helping us get to know your organization and recruiting goals allows us to be connectors. For example, we received feedback from many employers that they are looking to fill their internship programs. Similarly, we hear from students that they are looking to find an internship. In response, our office not only created an internship-specific career event, but we also created a mixer beforehand that featured out Internship Professionals Network, which includes internship coordinators from across the university.
Building strong relationships with employers and listening to their feedback allows us to think outside of the box to provide additional opportunities to both employers and students. According to this NACE article, to build a strong and consistent brand on campus requires more than a few recruiters attending a career event. It is important for organizations to have a true presence of campus by getting to know career services departments, faculty and students, and CPDS can help you do just that. Our office is committed to providing more than a platform to post your jobs and internship, we also take an individualized and consultative approach to connecting you to Sun Devils.